Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Latin History for Morons

From 413 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway. More…

Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

1h 40m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (413)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant
81
Avg Score

70
Repetitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Funny

See it if you enjoy humorous monologues. LHFM is often funny, but the backbone history lesson should be more focused. JL is a lively entertainer.

Don't see it if you are offended by unnecessary crudeness. Don't go expecting to learn much; LHFM is mostly for laughs. It w be better in a smaller venue!

66
Slow, Middling, Mildly entertaining, Niche

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan and you speak Spanish. There is a good idea in there.

Don't see it if Disappointing. Low energy, low stakes show. No hook. Leguizamo is not the best at impersonations.

Also There is a laudable and very relevant idea behind this show. But the e... Read more Read less

60
Overrated, Amusing

See it if You are a fan of Leguizamo, enjoy standup comedy style shows or have an interest in History.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play. This is more like a standup comedy special - unfortunately I only chuckled a handful of times.

88
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a fan of The Daily Show or any of the news parodies. If you like shows about relevant contemporary subjects, funny but intelligent.

Don't see it if You’re a Fox News watching fan of the Orange Cheeto in the White House or are in favor of building his ridiculous wall.

72
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You find the white-washing of history interesting, and loved teachers you had who were insightful and funny.

Don't see it if You were hoping for a show similar to “Freak”. This really is a history lesson, and though it’s humorous, it’s not nearly as funny.

79
Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if He starts by his son's s history class for Latino being absence for the books. Alot of funny parts. Some not so funny .

Don't see it if It feld the history class more than a show to me.

11
Slow, indulgent, cliched, cramped seats/no legroom

See it if You're a super fan of the actor &want to hear him for 1 hour 55 min no intermission. You'll miss MANY words if you don't speak Spanish.

Don't see it if Stories are dull, rambling, cartoonish and repetitive. Rear mezz seats have no legroom so you'll have to sit sideways. Several walkouts.

73
Sad history thru a comedic lens., Generally entertaining, but the humor is forced.

See it if Like John L's work, solo shows, looking at history w new perspective. Sometimes touching/funny. Some of it too frenetic and gratuitous.

Don't see it if Are OK hearing a fair amount of untranslated Spanish, get antsy when show runs on too long, don't find John's POV appealing.

Also Was surprised to see John 's physical comedy and the many “scenes” tha... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a John Leguizamo fan, if you are Latino or know and love a Latino, or if you are interested in inclusive history.

Don't see it if vulgar language insults you, you are not interested in historical inclusion of minority perspectives or in Latin issues in general.

84
Informative, Should be required viewing for school, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan or have an interest in Latin American history. I found it to be really insightful and funny. You'll learn a ton.

Don't see it if you tend to not enjoy one-man shows.

74
Clever, Dated, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a mix of memoir and history lecture (without smacking of academia). You want to support latinx material on bway.

Don't see it if You dislike low-brow, offensive humor (unnecessarily stereotypical impressions that punched down).

72
Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You like putdown humor with stereotyping which makes this a shallow, somewhat funny show.

Don't see it if You want "deep thoughts"

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of John's humor, want to know a bit of history, want a show that's funny.

Don't see it if Don't like comedy, not a fan of John, are close minded, racist, don't want to learn anything new. Have issue with Spanish spoken at times.

Also This Latina learned quite a few things. While the show was funny, as J... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if You like John Leguizamo (he takes a pic and autograph afterwards, with the purchase of a book). Solo show. Some Español. Some cussing. All

Don't see it if Funny. It was educational. Seat price a little steep, considering. Mezzanine seats were uncomfortable. My best friend was so happy, so B+

84
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Masterful, Relevant

See it if Leguizamo matches the frenetic energy of past monologue pieces within a framework releveant to current political times

Don't see it if Has the occasional (seemingly) recycled gag; consistent with past pieces so known non-fans are unlikely to be swayed

83
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You want to see an honest take on Latin history. You want to see John Leguizamo dance and dissect the Latino place in history.

Don't see it if You are not open minded and easily offended or are pro trump.

71
Quirky

See it if You are a big fan of John Leguizamo & happy he made it to Broadway. It has its moments.

Don't see it if You are not a big fan of John Leguizamo and don't understand why this show is on Broadway.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want to see a comedy that is raunchy and very relevant. John Leguizamo created a show that makes you think as much as you laugh.

Don't see it if you do not understand Spanish. There are a decent amount of jokes that will be missed that he does not explain in English.

91
Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of John Leguizamo and his brand of off-beat, priviledge checking humor. A one-man show that does not fail to entertain.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of John Leguizamo, or if you're just too tired of apologizing for being white middle class.

Also I'm white. I'm sorry, but by definition that means that I have never e... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You like John Leguizamo and 1 man shows

Don't see it if You want deep insightful drama

70
Funny, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a lighthearted comedy that discusses relevant issues in our society.

Don't see it if You're hoping it will be hysterical or poignant - it's definitely funny and has its meaning, but less impactful than I expected.

50
Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you have a particular passion for the subject matter and insider knowledge of the culture (it helps to speak Spanish)- needed to get jokes

Don't see it if you're expecting a high energy show with one laugh out loud moment after another - it doesn't deliver

Also I really wanted to like this and even my friend who loves Leguizamo th... Read more Read less

78
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like smart writing and stand up comic with substance.

Don't see it if you prefer not be politically involved through theater.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Slow

See it if you enjoy John or his brand of comedy. It is quite funny most of the show, however, it runs a little long towards the end.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a bit of a fluffy show.

85
Entertaining, Insightful, Clever, Charming, Educational

See it if You're a fan. But don't go expecting the usual Latino neighborhood people imitations, this is much more (his immediate) family focused.

Don't see it if You'd bridle at hearing history of the Americas from a Latin pov., or aren't interested in history in general. This basically is a man educa

Also Ting his son through the lens of a proud member of the Latin culture. ... Read more Read less


November 15th, 2017
“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often ver...
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November 17th, 2017
“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is ...
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November 15th, 2017
“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to fe...
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November 15th, 2017
“This production is a sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure...He demands involvement from the crowd — and brings enough empathy and passion to earn it...Boisterous and joyful but also laced with sorrow, with Leguizamo beautifully co...
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